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The Putin Obsession That Led to Trump Jr.’s Meeting

Russia has been trying to roll back human rights sanctions for years. And Moscow’s strategy is getting more sophisticated.<p>The Russian lawyer whose June meeting at Trump Tower is rocking American politics was just the tip of the spear of a massive, years-long effort by the Kremlin against human …

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At Last: Technology To Make Injections Painless

Vibrations and pressure could be key to making a shot that doesn't hurt.<p>Scared of needles? You aren’t alone. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in every 10 people are frightened of needles, and experts fear that the fear of pain may deter people from getting important injections at the …

Ann Romney launches new center to study neurological diseases

Let some in the political world obsess over whether Mitt Romney plans to run for president for a third time — Ann Romney has a bigger project in mind.<p>On Tuesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the Romneys are launching the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases, a research facility …

Pentagon unveils plan for military's response to climate change

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.<p>Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge …

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Ebola Is Coming. A Travel Ban Won't Stop Outbreaks

Ebola has officially gone global.<p>The World Health Organization recently confirmed that a Spanish nurse was the first case of transmission outside Africa. Now it seems the first patient diagnosed in the United States transmitted the disease before he died.<p>More outbreaks are on their way.<p>While …

CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case

The first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday evening. The man had recently flown to Texas from Liberia, the hardest-hit country in the West African epidemic.<p>Officials did not identify the person’s nationality, but CDC director Tom …

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

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Editing The Genes Of Superbugs To Turn Off Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight<p>Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, <i>C. difficile</i>, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly against antibiotics. Some bacteria have the ability to pump invading antibiotics out of their …

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FDA Takes Action Against Companies Selling Fraudulent 'Ebola Cures'

Do they also have snake oil for sale?<p>As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread throughout West Africa, one thing is on everyone’s minds: finding a cure. But while many researchers are toiling away, trying to fulfill this desperate need, others are trying to capitalize on it. Various companies are …

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In Africa, Ebola Patients Need More Than Medicine

Seventy-five percent of Ebola victims are women. Paul Farmer, the revolutionary doctor, thinks we should reconsider how we treat the virus.<p>The dusty hills around Lima sprout concrete at all angles. There are many words here for the gray delineation of poverty-struck areas: <i>áreas tugurizadas</i> (slum …

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Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Are Weaponized 'Crab Walker' Robots The Future Of Chinese Land Wars?

Robotics designers in the US have long gotten their inspiration from both science fiction and biology, and Chinese engineers are no different, most especially those working on walking combat robots. Dai Jinsong and other Chinese engineers of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University …

Robotics

Harvard Wants To Help You Make Your Own Squishy Robot

Modern robotics has gone soft.<p>Ever sit alone in your room and think to yourself, “If only I had a soft robot to call my own.” All right, so that scenario is pretty unlikely, but for those who might have wondered how to create a squishy automaton, Harvard has the blueprints you’ll need.<p>In …

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Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

Prosthetics Are Telling Paralyzed Legs How to Walk Again

Researchers use electrical stimulation to trigger automatic movements in the legs of paralyzed rats.<p><b>Neural prosthetics are getting so good that</b> they can now automatically trigger natural movements in the legs. In a new experiment with paralyzed rats, scientists sent electrical signals to the spinal …

Some British People Want To Start Eating These Cute Little Horses

It sounds counterintuitive, but the group argues that eating Dartmoor ponies will create a new market for horsemeat. Owners who think they can sell their ponies for meat will not only continue to breed the animals, but will also be encouraged to take better care of them. Britain's Princess Anne has …

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How India beat China to Mars (for less than the cost of a Hollywood movie)

India brought its spacecraft Mangalyaan into Mars' orbit today, the first Asian nation to do so. Its mission cost less than the budget for "Gravity," …

US 'little rebels' protest against changes to history curriculum

On Friday, Egan Walker, a sophomore at Standley Lake high school in Jefferson County, Colorado, will go to school dressed as Martin Luther.<p>He is doing so not for homework or a class project, but as part of protest against what many see as a radical rightwing agenda of the newly elected school board …

Smartphone microscope can be made for under a dollar

Suppose you were a first responder, who got called out to investigate a suspicious substance found in a public place. Instead of having to transport …

Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed

<b>Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.</b><p>Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of …

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Can yoga play a role in treating bipolar?

A recent survey suggests that yoga can be a substantial help for people with bipolar disorder, though the practice isn’t without risks.<p>“There is no …

Ebola patients buying survivors' blood from black market, WHO warns

As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned.<p>The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra …